AFRICA: Nairobi to host African Climate Week on 4 September 2023

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The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Bank Group, the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), and the Global Centre for Adaptation (GCA) are among the international organizations announced for the African Climate Week (ACW) which opens on September 4, 2023 in Nairobi, Kenya.

After Libreville in Gabon in August 2022, the Kenyan capital Nairobi has been chosen to host the African Climate Week (ACW) on 4 and 5 September 2023. The event, which will bring together all the key players, including academics, local elected officials and economic operators from North, West, Central, Southern and East Africa, aims to assess progress in sustainable development on the continent.

This meeting is organized in a context marked by the resurgence of floods and episodes of prolonged drought that weaken the biodiversity and natural resources on which humans depend. Thus, the ACW participants will examine the resilience paths proposed by the private sector and specialized research centers. The work will be jointly coordinated by several pan-African institutions.

These include the African Union (AU), whose headquarters are in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the African Development Bank (AfDB), which is eagerly awaited for its investment policy on green growth. During these two days of debates and exhibitions, the United Nations Climate Change Organization (UN Climate), which organizes ACW2023, is expected to raise awareness among African political leaders on the recent report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

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At the same time, the AU is working on the creation of an African Expert Platform on Natural Disaster Management. If established, this committee’s main mission will be to develop technical and financial strategies to strengthen adaptation to climate change, particularly in Morocco, which is at the origin of this project. Plagued by coastal erosion, the Cherifian kingdom is mobilizing funding to accelerate its ecological transition.

For more information on the event, click here.

Benoit-Ivan Wansi

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